William Acheff
Fire Light and Good Smoke

oil on canvas
9h x 7w in
22.86h x 17.78w cm

The Green Band

oil on linen on board
8h x 6w in
20.32h x 15.24w cm

In Her Footsteps

oil on canvas
21.50h x 15w in
54.61h x 38.10w cm

Serranos and Habaneros

oil on linen
12 x 28 in
(30.48h x 71.12w cm)


William Acheff, b. 1947, Anchorage, Alaska, (United States)

William Acheff’s art passion was kindled while living in the San Francisco Bay area when, at age twenty-two, artist Roberto Lupetti invited him to his drawing class. After six months, Acheff moved into his own studio while continuing visits to Lupetti’s studio for criticism and words of wisdom.

Restless, Acheff ventured to Taos in 1973. Armed with classical training, he developed a very distinct style that is widely recognized and admired. He is renowned for his highly realistic still lifes of rich Native American artifacts of the past. The Pueblo Indians of Taos have provided him with inspiring subjects to paint. “Artifacts and traditions of the past,” he explains, “seem to hold more mystical and aesthetic value than those of contemporary times.”

William Acheff was born on January 28, 1947 in Anchorage, Alaska, of Georgian, Russian, Scottish, Dutch, and Athabascan Indian ancestry. His grandfather came to Alaska in 1898 at the onset of the Alaskan gold rush.